Thankful Tuesdays #38 – Music Therapy

Written as part of 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge which I’m attempting this year.


Music I Love

Week 38 – Thankful Tuesdays

Memories have this strange way of bringing a smile out of nothing. Music is a big part of my life. Granted, I can’t hold a tune to save my life, but I listen to songs every day, and it feels odd if I don’t. A memory which has music in it and that comes immediately to mind is my 11th standard fest. Our gang of eight or nine occupied an empty classroom afterward and had fun just singing merrily. The songs were from recent movies, and I used to buy a lot of cassettes those days. So I had sung too, having memorized the lyrics which I loved.

Another memory is singing along with my sister to the Westlife song, “I Lay My Love on You”. We’re both big fans of Westlife even now. And there was this automated music selection channel that our cable operator provided. We just had to call, then hear the voice, see press the keypad on the phone to select what song we wanted to see played on TV. That was the first and only time our call went through, and we chose and sang along to it.

When you know your college life is coming to a close, and you don’t have a lot of time to enjoy with friends, who may go to places far and away, you take a chance and forget you can’t hold a tune. I remember playing antakshari with my classmates on the way back from college one night. Last semester of engineering, last fest, and we were returning after 9pm. The teachers in our college bus told us to have fun, and we did. I remember singing Phoolon ka Taaron Ka, and laughing along with my friends on the ninety minute journey.

Even today, my mobile has the MP3s of those days, for they have memories too. And the songs that come these days are not very interesting or worth singing along to, I feel. Music is as much therapeutic as writing for me. I wouldn’t leave it for anything. I’m thankful for its presence in my life.

(© 22nd September 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

4 thoughts on “Thankful Tuesdays #38 – Music Therapy”

  1. You had that too – that cable TV music channel? We had loads of fun with it during our night shifts at work – newspaper offices have televisions meant for keeping track of news but that didn’t mean we couldn’t put it to other/better use! Each time there was a lull in work we would gather around the telly and dial and dial till we got our song. When we did it was such a feeling of jubilation! A lot of my memories come from songs too.
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    • Yes. It used to be our favorite channel, and we had fun, my sister and I, though we never got the line except for that one time! 😀 Same pinch regarding the songs and memories, Tulika. Thank you for dropping in. 😀

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